Help with PIPPIN format

Dan Jacobson danj at welchgate.welch.jhu.edu
Tue Dec 15 10:29:29 EST 1992

In article <TSHIN.92Dec15002851 at husc8.harvard.edu> tshin at husc8.harvard.edu (Tae Shin) writes:
>Hopefully someone out there can help me on this one.  I'm using a DCL program
>called RIBBON that creates Richardson diagrams of protein structures.  The 
>output file is readable by FRODO and also can be converted to a format called
>PIPPIN for printing on pen plotters.  Unfortunately I only have laser printers,
>and the PIPPIN file is clearly a file that controls pen movement.  Does anyone
>know how to print this on a laser printer or convert it to another format 
>(e.g. PostScript) which can be printed?  Hopefully someone knows what I'm 
>talking about and give me a hand.  Any help/suggestions are greatly

Most likely the plotter file is in HP-GL format (or possibly RD-GL) in which
case you can convert it to Postscript with the hpgl2ps program.  In the
unlikely event that the plotter file is in DXY format the hpgl2ps package
can handle that too.  

You can obtain hpgl2ps by anonymous ftp from many sites around the
world - here are just a few of the sites given by an archie search:

Host rigel.acs.oakland.edu

    Location: /pub/msdos/postscript
           FILE -rw-r--r--     118499  Aug 26 1989  hpgl2ps.arc
    Location: /pub/unix-c/postscript
           FILE -rw-r--r--      28946  Mar  5 1989  hpgl2ps1.tar-z
           FILE -rw-r--r--      51401  Mar  5 1989  hpgl2ps2.tar-z

Host cs.orst.edu

    Location: /pub/src/text/filters
           FILE -rw-rw-r--      29130  Jan 14 1992  hpgl2ps.tar.Z

Host server.uga.edu

    Location: /pub/sgi
           FILE -r--r--r--      45168  Jul  7 09:20  hpgl2ps.tar.Z

Hope this helps,

Dan Jacobson

danj at welchgate.welch.jhu.edu

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